I hope that I’m not the only person who is concerned that the 64-bit only restriction of SharePoint 2010 will put a serious crimp on people who learn new technology by installing it in VM’s on their laptop (or laptop + external drive).
In the current bad economy, I don’t know of many developers who are ditching (or can afford to ditch) their 32-bit laptops for 64-bit laptops just so they can be prepared to install and run SharePoint 2010 in a virtual machine when it makes its debut in October.
How are we supposed to learn SP 2010 at workshops and seminars or give demonstrations to users groups if we cannot do so on our existing 32-bit laptop investments? I believe there will be a serious decline in developers willing to learn SharePoint 2010 with such a high barrier to entry.
Sure, there will be virtual labs, but for me, installing and configuring SharePoint from scratch in a VM is one of the best ways to learn “What Mother [Microsoft] Didn’t Tell You About Installing And Running SharePoint 2010.” Using VMWare Workstation 6.5.2, I can use Snapshots to fork in multiple directions (e.g., WSS-only or WSS+MOSS).
I have plenty of RAM on my existing laptop (4GB) to run a 1024KB virtual machine consisting of Windows Server 2008 R1, SQL Server 2008 SP1, and SharePoint 2007 SP1, so why should I pitch that fairly new laptop in the trash and buy a new one just to be able to run SharePoint 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2?